Category Archives: Joint Knowledge

Joint Knowledge: MCL and LCL

Inside our knees are the largest and most complex sets of joints within the human body. Together, the bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles in our knees provide us with the power to jump, twist, sprint, balance, and more. Two of the ligaments responsible for those abilities are the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral […]

Joint Knowledge: Labral Tears

The joints in the hip and shoulder have a very similar structure. These joints look like a ball and socket where the arm or leg attaches to the torso. The labrum is the soft tissue that covers the socket of the joint. Tears in this area can be caused by injury, degenerative issues, or structural […]

Joint Knowledge: Ankle Sprains

Sprained ankles can happen when you twist or turn your ankle in an awkward or unusual way. This can force the tissue that holds your ankle together beyond its natural range of motion and stretch or tear the ligaments. Common Causes of Ankle Sprains When you have an active lifestyle, there are often risks of issues […]

Joint Knowledge: Shoulder Impingement

The human shoulder is perhaps one of the most fascinating joints in the body. This joint has a simplistic structure where bones are concerned, a complex setup of soft tissues, and the most range of motion out of all joints. The shoulder can develop a series of problems, however, and shoulder impingement happens to be […]

Joint Knowledge: SLAP Tears

You may have heard about an injury known as a SLAP tear. This is an injury to the shoulder joint. The acronym SLAP stands for superior labrum anterior posterior. Let’s break this down to understand precisely what it means, and then we’ll look at symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention of SLAP tears.   What is […]

Joint Knowledge: Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow (clinically called medial epicondylitis) is an injury to the elbow joint tendons. Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, but it affects a different part of the elbow. Tennis elbow is an injury on the outside of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow, on the other hand, is an injury on the inside of the […]

Joint Knowledge: Dislocations and Subluxations

Dislocations happen commonly in ball-and-socket joints. These joints move freely in nearly any direction. The shoulder and hip are the primary ball-and-socket joints in the human body. However, this freedom of movement also leaves them prone to dislocation and subluxation injuries. This happens when the “ball” slips out of place and loses its connection with […]

Joint Knowledge: Common Hip Injuries Part II

Previously, we discussed hip injuries and looked at several different hip injuries. Today, we’re going to take a deeper dive and explore some of the most common specific injuries. Fractures of the Femoral Neck The hip is a joint that joins the femur (the thigh bone) with the pelvis. Both bones can be broken or […]

Joint Knowledge: The Spine

Your spine may be the second most important part of your anatomy, second only to the brain. The spine provides structure to our bodies, giving them shape and allowing them to withstand the forces of gravity. This is not the spine’s only job; it also protects the spinal cord, which connects the brain to the […]

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